Neil Powell is Emeritus Professor in Art and Design Education, former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), and the first champion of CACTus research theme group. Recently appointed as an Ambassador for the Terzo Paradiso (Fondazione Pistoletto ONLUS), his focus is on promoting creativity and change in accordance with the United Nations Strategic Development Goals and the Cittadelartte’s Geographies of Change.
Alongside his roles as a curator, artist and senior academic, he is known for his work with public and private sector creative arts bodies. A former Henry Moore Scholar, his practice has been influenced by his encounters with artists, teachers and curators including Phillip King, Jannis Kounnellis, Helen Chadwick, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Claudio Parmiggiani, Richard Deacon, Karsten Schubert, Eduardo Paolozzi, Art & Language and Roger Ackling. Since 2014 he has contributed a monthly column on arts and culture for Wall Street International, is a guest columnist for Arts and Museum Magazine.